Her name was Skye, so Crack the Skye means a lot of different things. The detail, layering and dynamics on the vinyl make it a completely different album. Can anyone share info on these? While I have never been able to appreciate Southern rock too much in the grand scheme of things, it's very fresh to see this melded with progressive metal. Somehow Mastodon have also simultaneously reinvented themselves and stayed true to their trademark sound at the same time. Mastodon is one of those eclectic modern metal bands that constantly walk the thin line between progressive creativity and commercial appeal.
It contains great riffage to crank in the car, music that makes you want to air guitar or go home and learn the tab. Then the explosion of praise for the new album erupted so I thought I'd just dive in. If you can get hold of the video clip of this latter track it is worthwhile as it depicts an astronaut, very '2001'ish, trying to rescue another astronaut who is drifting in space - the effects are great and it opens up a new dimension to the meaning of the obscure lyrics. The band crafts their music in such a way as to keep that epic metal that they're known for while procuring a wonderful progressiveness about their music as to appeal pretty much any experimental metal fan. The album's or the band's, I should say main fault seems to lie with the vocals themselves. That said, I'm holding out for them to release it on 2x45rpm. The album continues to mix in atmospherics and experiment with the heavy tones.
The sound is not polished, which gives a little raw ambient to the result and makes the album a little heavier than what actually is. Now Crack the Skye, it's fourth original studio album, mines subject matter from czarist Russia and astral travel to out-of-body experiences and Stephen Hawking's theories on wormholes for an unrepentantly heavy aural assault that will shake the heavens. Ghost of Karelia instrumental 05:48 6. The sound quality is terrible and I am not sure I like the band's sound, live. Quintessence Mastodon is well known as one of the most powerful bands in the modern progressive metal scene.
The whole atmosphere of the music on this album is also quite incredible. I just picked up Leviathan on vinyl; it's one of the recent reissues with the unfortunately colored records. The Czar track 4 is divided into 4 parts: I. The band definitely has its own distinctive sound and just oozes rock-n-roll. It could be well-said that a substantial portion of modern progressive metal bands default to sounding like carbon copies of Dream Theater or Symphony X at the earliest behest. It adds spectacular colour and depth to the music, and making the entire album a real blast to ride on. One thing that is obvious about this album's music even in the first few seconds is the infectious dissonance that is perfectly insinuated between the melodies and harmonies.
This is a great album and worth checking out if you have never encountered this ensemble of technical metal proggers. The production is not crystal clear in fact, it sounds a little cheap but I'm sure it's on purpose. Overall, this is truly a great album, and I recommend it to every metal fan out there. Just over 48:00 minutes it's enough for them to prove they can compose, can play loud and remain interesting. The album debuted at number 11 on the , selling 41,000 copies in its first week. While I am still not wholly convinced that the band is right for me, I can safely say that 'Crack The Skye' is a brilliant album, and despite being critically hailed as a bit more than it cuts out to be, a nice dose of a brand of progressive metal much unlike the more European- styled sounds of Dream Theater or Symphony X.
An essential release for prog metal and metal lovers alike. With extra added listens though, the veil falls down and the emotional quality initially hidden by Dailor's gravelly voice is seen in full view. The album was also voted the 1 Album of 2009 by 's critics and contributors. It is a shame that's the problem with the album, because I'm sure that with a different singer with a more emotional vocal style, the album would have felt alot more emotionally fluid and organic. The Czar instrumental 10:53 5. The band has truly shown their true colors here, expressing their willingness to morph the very sound they pride themselves on and their ability to delve into uncharted territory in the musical spectrum.
If you are into prog metal or Opeth you would really appreciate this album. The sound quality is terrible and I am not sure I like the band's sound, live. I might have a hard time convincing my wife, though, after having just bought the 33, hah. I know these comparisons can't always be used to judge what a track sounds like, but I think it's interesting to see in this case nonetheless. This one in particular seems to be better oriented in avoiding the riffing onslaught for a better balanced moody-metal approach. With 'Crack The Skye,' Mastodon craft a very dense soundscape, which at times is very easily likened to psychedelia. All three contain great driving melodies, catchy choruses, and a good level of experimentation.
The concept of the album in fact is quite spacey, but I won't tell you no more. Of course, the metal elements definetely stand out the most, since the standard guitars, bass, and drums never stop for a ballad or quieter song. I know I'm pleased for knowing them, and though they are not in my top 5 favorite Prog Metal bands, They are surely a band that I should like to dig in. Basically we're exploring the ethereal world. I'm not sure if Relapse is still pressing their vinyl or if Relapse has improved quality on their end , but I'd definitely say that there's no premium to owning an original pressing. It is rare to find a 33.
Now Crack the Skye, it's fourth original studio album, mines subject matter from czarist Russia and astral travel to out-of-body experiences and Stephen Hawking's theories on wormholes for an unrepentantly heavy aural assault that will shake the heavens. They put his soul inside 's body. The original pressing was nothing to write home about. Crack the Skye 05:54 7. Well, I wanted to revive this thread, as Mastodon is a band worth checking out, vinyl or no. Brett Dailor -while I have nothing truly against the man or his work- does not have a voice or style that I have all too pleasing to listen to.